New books recently purchased

The following books were recommended by members of the Department of Chemistry and are now available to borrow.

If you are a member of the Department of Chemistry and would like to recommend anything, whether it is an online journal, a book, an ebook, or a database, please see our guidance here. Recommendations are always welcome.

The Physical and Chemical Basis of Molecular Biology: Fundamentals

CREIGHTON: The physical and chemical basis of molecular biology. Helvetian Press, 2011

NICOLAOU: Classics in total synthesis: targets, strategies, methods. Wiley-VCH, 1996

NICOLAOU: Classics in total synthesis II: more targets, strategies, methods. Wiley-VCH, 2003

NICOLAOU: Classics in total synthesis III: further targets, strategies, methods. Wiley-VCH, 2011

Book cover: Ball Milling Towards Green Synthesis

RANU: Ball milling towards green synthesis. RSC, 2015

The Biophysical Chemistry of Proteins

CREIGHTON: Biophysical chemistry of nucleic acids and proteins. Helvetian Press, 2010

Convert your files containing experimental data into an open data format


As part of the Data Champions initiative, we invite members of the Department of Chemistry to contribute to a list of instructions for converting the data you generate through experiments using techniques such as NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, x-ray crystallography etc. into open data formats that can be shared easily.

The aim is to save researchers time and effort in trying to find this out themselves, and to make it as easy as possible for them to share their data in an open format that is accessible to everyone.

First on our list are very brief instructions for converting NMR spectroscopy data from TopSpin to a text file in the internationally accepted open data format JCAMP-DX.

Please send your instructions to and they will be added to the list.

Data Champions at the Department of Chemistry

Data Champions are local experts on research data management and sharing who can provide advice and training within their departments.

Your Data Champions currently are:

We are currently planning research data management related activities that we can carry out in the department. Please let us have your ideas! Contact one of the Data Champions or Clair Castle, Librarian at the Department of Chemistry at

Please visit the Chemistry Library’s Open Data website to find out more about your Data Champions, and other resources that will help chemists do open research.

Digital thesis pilot at the Department of Chemistry


For the academic year 2016/17 the University is piloting electronic thesis submission with several departments, including Chemistry.

If you are submitting a thesis in the academic year 2016/17, you are requested to submit an electronic thesis to Apollo alongside the print copy you need to submit to the Student Registry.

The University repository, Apollo has recently been upgraded and is now able to accept all thesis types. There is an online form for theses to make the deposit process simple and fast.

Find out more at:

Re-imagining library spaces at the University of Cambridge

Take a look at ‘The Tracker Project’ report by Furturelib! Students using the Chemistry Library wore eyetracking devices while finding books and other items – with fascinating results. We will digest the project findings and hopefully act upon them in future.

Let us know what you think!

Source: Re-imagining library spaces at the University of Cambridge

Do you know where these two missing books are?

These are the only two books that we found to be missing during our annual stock check:

Organic synthesis : the disconnection approach / Stuart Warren and Paul Wyatt. QD262.W37 2008. 2nd ed. (Short loan copy).


Workbook for organic synthesis : the disconnection approach / Stuart Warren and Paul Wyatt. QD262.W37 2009 (Short loan copy).


Have you seen them anywhere? Please could you check your offices, labs, rooms in case they have found their way there.

Moore Library’s Scan & Deliver now free

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This free service is provided by the Betty & Gordon Moore Library to allow Cambridge University staff and students to get remote access to any of its material that is not currently available electronically.

Complete the online form to request a scan from a journal article or book that is held in its collections. The service aims to deliver documents to you by email within a 24-hour time-frame. This saves you time and effort in visiting the Moore Library personally to scan / copy items (although it is a really nice place to work in, see here!).

Please be aware that the service only covers the holdings of the Betty & Gordon Moore Library. It is not able to provide scans from material held at any other library within the University, including the main University Library.


iDiscover help: What do records mentioning “Online access restricted to designated PCs”, or “UL: Temporary Store 2” mean?


What does “Online access restricted to designated PCs in the main UL + affiliate libraries” mean?

Where it says on a record for a journal or a book that “Online access restricted to designated PCs in the main UL + affiliate libraries”, this means that it is an e-legal deposit copy.

Cambridge University Library is one of six ‘legal deposit’ libraries in the UK & Ireland. This means it must receive a copy of every book and journal published in the UK from the publisher, for free. Recently the law was changed to include electronic books and journals and so many publishers now choose to deposit the online versions instead. These items are available on designated PCs in the main University Library and some Affiliated Libraries only (which does not include the Chemistry Library). You cannot save the PDF, and may not be able to print it off either.

Find out more on how to access e-legal deposit items here.

What does “UL: Temporary Store 2. Request via Inter-Library Loan” mean?

Many items are currently being held in an off-site store which is not accessible, i.e. a ‘dark’ store. This will include physical material formerly held by either the Betty & Gordon Moore Library, the Central Science Library, the University Library or the Medical Library.

If a record on iDiscover says that an item’s location is “UL: Temporary Store 2. Request via Inter-Library Loan” this means that you need to make a free request for it as an Inter-Library Loan item. We recommend that you use the Betty & Gordon Moore Library’s Inter-Library Loan service to do this. You can complete their online form to request an item to be scanned for and sent to you.